Cohen and former New York Mets general manager Steve Phillips handle "Evan & Phillips in the Morning."
But four hours a day of sports talk on radio (6-10 a.m. Eastern) is not quite enough for him.
Because in the late afternoon, Cohen also handles a two-hour show (4-6 p.m. Eastern) for a station in West Palm Beach, Fla., which Cohen has done since 2003. That year, Cohen went to work for Craig Karmazin’s Good Karma Broadcasting which operates the station in West Palm.
So that’s six hours of air time each weekday with the two stations.
"I somehow was able to pull it off where they were both OK with me doing the other stuff," Cohen (left) said during a telephone interview.
Cohen said he did not want to give up the job with Good Karma when the SiriusXM opportunity presented itself in September 2003. Cohen said he spends three weeks a month in New York and one week a month in West Palm, doing both shows.
"I think sleep is overrated," Cohen said. "I’m 32. I think it’s is a waste of time right now. I don’t have kids. I’m staying up to watch the end of Packers-Seahawks and I’m up at five in the morning. Four or five hours (of sleep) is fine. I don’t want to miss anything.
"I’m pathetic," Cohen said. "In the middle of the night, if I wake up, the first thing I’m doing is not going back to sleep. I’m literally reaching over to my phone and checking Twitter to make sure I didn’t miss anything in the few hours that I slept."
Cohen, who was born and raised in Westchester, N.Y., explained how he came to be hired by SiriusXM.
"I had done work for Fox Sports Radio nationally and ESPN Radio nationally," Cohen said. "I happened to know someone who was a friend of the midday host, Bruce Murray, who had an opening for a co-host. This guy I knew suggested me to Bruce, who went to management and they invited me for a tryout. They brought me in for three days. They liked me and offered me a position to host a midday show."
But about two weeks before he was going to move to New York, Cohen was told by management that he would be a good fit to work with Phillips in the morning slot.
Phillips is the former ESPN broadcaster who was suspended then fired by the network after he disclosed he had an affair with an ESPN intern.
"It’s really great working with Steve Phillips," Cohen said. "It has taught me not to be judgmental in that you hear what you hear about him and his past and you think one thing. You get to know him, you think another thing. He’s a wonderful, caring, genuine, honest man. People may think he is something else. He’s not. He’s dedicated, he’s hard-working and he’s a good person."
Cohen says his own aim in broadcasting is to be as "relatable" as he can be for an audience.
"It’s not necessarily about having the best guest on," Cohen said.
As a communications major at UW, Cohen worked for the Badger Herald and the student radio station. For two years he was an intern for UW football and basketball broadcasters Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas.
"When I went to Wisconsin, it was probably the best four-year sports run they have ever seen," Cohen said. "I saw, was physically at, two Rose Bowls and a Final Four in my four years in college."
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